Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Feature Presentation--ESPN 30 for 30

At our annual work party, we received a gift certificate that we had to spend in one hour. Since this wasn’t my first rodeo, I immediately went to Best Buy and bought the entire set of ESPN’s 30 for 30. Over the holidays I started digging into the.

Two Escobars

Unbelievable film about drugs and soccer and the impact of both on the world. Fasicinating to hear about how drug lords got involved in Colombian soccer and took the club teams to the top of the continent, especially Escobar’s influence at Medellín side Atlético Nacional, which was led by another Escobar. As for the national team, I remember reading about Colombia beating Argentina 5-0 in Buenos Aires, but now I have a digital record of the thrashing.

USA 94 went wrong from the moment they touched down, dealing with the pressure of being favorites, an opening game loss to Romania, and then defeat to the US. Based on the film, Andres Escobar was killed for disrespecting local toughs, which is a far different story than I knew. Great film and well worth seeing.

King’s Ransom

I vaguely remember Gretzky getting traded to the Kings but how no idea the impact it had on him, on Edmonton and on the league. An epic shift in the history of the league came down to a business decision, much in the same way the LeBron decision happened recently. You must get value for an asset before losing it for nothing. That’s what Pocklington did and everyone has to move on.

The U

Flashback. I remember the Canes and Catholics v Convicts and Wide Right I and II, and this film provided a depth to one of the great college football dynasties. From nowhere, Miami became a national power, bringing a level of physicality, speed and braggadocio not seen before in college football. I can still visualize all of those picks thrown by Testaverde in the ’86 Orange Bowl and still shudder to think what might have been if they won that game.